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Orrington annual town meeting, elections to be held Monday

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

ORRINGTON, Maine — Residents will get an opportunity to vote during Monday’s annual town meeting on rezoning a 168-acre parcel on Brewer Lake Road near the Brewer town line as the town’s new Orrington Business Park.

The business-industrial park project has been in the works for years and is just one of the 27 warrant articles on the annual town meeting agenda, which also includes the school and town budgets for the fiscal year 2011-12. Local elections will be held during the day and the annual meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Residents will be asked on Monday if they want to create two new zoning districts on the town-owned parcel — a mixed residential-commercial area and a general industrial district for commercial endeavors — that sit behind a 300-foot-deep residential farm land district and a 125-foot no-build buffer zone, Town Manager Paul White said Friday.

After the no-build zone is a new 18-acre “residential commercial district and then the [119-acre] industrial district that borders with Brewer,” he said.

The business park at one point was a joint venture with Brewer but now both communities are working toward creating independent but abutting business parks, which someday may connect to each other, White said.

“That is still on the table and has always been on the table,” he said.

A map of the proposed business-industrial park is available at the town office or on the town’s website, orrington.govoffice.com.

When it comes to the town and school budget, residents will see that the bottom line for the school budget is basically the same, and the town budget is only up around $34,000.

“Last year, for the local appropriation we saw a decrease of $50, and this year it’s an increase of $48,” Superintendent Allan Snell said on Friday.

Preliminary 2010-11 figures show a combined total budget of approximately $9.23 million, which includes a town budget figure of $2,575,048, an increase of $165,512; $392,428 for Penobscot County taxes, an approximately $23,000 increase; and $6,265,256 for the school budget, which is an increase of $130,992.

The increase in the school budget is offset by an “increase in state revenues, and we aren’t paying the penalty anymore [for not consolidating] because of creating the AOS with Dedham,” Snell said.

After calculating state and local property tax revenues, “the town budget is up about $34,000” and maintains all town services, White said.

The increase, if passed by residents, is expected to cause a tax increase of between 15 and 30 cents per $1,000 in property value, which means a $100,000 home would pay between $15 to $30 more in taxes, he said.

Five people are running for two selectman seats and two school board seats to be filled during elections on Monday. Candidates for the selectman seats are incumbent Howard Grover and resident Terrence Bladen.

Candidates for two seats on the school board are Incumbent Glendon Rand II and residents Jennifer Long and Robert Phillips.

Ballot booths will be open 7 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Town Hall, and the annual town meeting is 7:30 p.m. at Center Drive School.

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